Scammers are becoming more and more creative, and this newest scam involving Best Buy is no exception. It’s being reported that scammers have been ordering larger items from the retail giant Best Buy using your name, credit card information and address. That order then gets shipped to your house.
This is where the scam part comes in. Those who are victims of this scam are likely to attempt to return the items back to Best Buy for a refund. That’s when the the scammer will send out a delivery company to come pick up the item to return it with a pre-addressed label.
One man, who almost fell victim to this scam, became suspicious when a delivery person came to pick up a computer he had already returned to the store. He decided to google the address where the computer was to be sent for the “return.” He wasn’t surprised to find that the address was for a small house on a random street in Philadelphia.
Shannon Mortland, a spokeswoman from PNC Bank, confirmed that fraud investigators of the bank are aware of and familiar with this clever scheme. “The scammers have the merchandise shipped to the cardholder so as not to raise any red flags with the merchant,” says Mortland.
“The scammers count on the cardholder not paying attention to the return shipping address,” Mortland said. “Often the cardholder is so preoccupied with reversing the transaction that they fail to realize that they are, in fact, not returning the merchandise directly to the merchant.”
And if you were wondering why scammers would be so willing to expose their home address, there’s a good chance they haven’t.